Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ Training

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What You'll Learn

  • Explain the impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities.
  • Integrate relevant legislation, regulations, and standards needed when planning and executing a rating.
  • Integrate Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing a rating.
  • Interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings.
  • Communicate and support rating findings to clients, and prepare a recommendation report of the rating findings, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.
  • Display professionalism and promote inclusiveness when working with clients.

Certification Prerequisites

  • You have a diploma or degree in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or
  • You have a Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction; or
  • You are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer; or
  • You are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect; or
  • You have a minimum of five years’ experience related to accessibility in the built environment and/or building construction.
  • You should possess a high level of proficiency with computer systems and programs, including MS Excel, downloading attachments in PDF, familiarity with discussion forums, adjusting system media settings for virtual streaming sessions as well as solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • If you do not meet the prerequisites but are interested in expanding your practical understanding of accessibility in the built environment, you may be interested in Accessible Spaces 101 which has been developed in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Featured Leaders

Brad McCannell

Vice President, Access and Inclusion
Rick Hansen Foundation

Brad's expertise in the application of universal design comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. In 1990, he formed Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. (CBFD) - created to fill the gap between the application of the building code and the real needs of the community of people with disabilities. In 2015, Brad joined the Rick Hansen Foundation and was tasked with developing The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) rating program and companion assessor training.

Brad was recently appointed as a Director of the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO); is a member of the Canadian Committee of the International Standards Organization; is the recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Access and Inclusion Award (2010) and the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s Award Of Distinction. He became a C6-7 quadriplegic after a car accident in 1980 at age 27. He uses a wheelchair and a service dog on a daily basis.

Jenny Blome, BSc

Manager, Strategic Projects
Rick Hansen Foundation

Jenny has over a decade of experience in project management and UI design with innovative companies such as Apple. Working as the director of the built environment for the Rick Hansen Foundation, she was the architect of the RHF Accessibility Certification Rating Survey. Jenny now works with large private and government organizations to develop corporate accessibility standards, to assess and rate the current accessibility of facilities, and to follow best practice accessibility standards for all new construction projects. Past projects include organizations such as Sunnyhill Children’s Health Centre, National Capital Commission, Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, CN Tower, Concert Properties, Colliers International, University of Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, Vancouver International Airport, BC Parks, Canadian Border Security Agency, Canada Post and Government of Canada Public Works. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Colorado, and Certification in Universal Design, University of Buffalo.

Who Will Benefit

  • Architects
  • General Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Urban Planners
  • Design-Builders
  • Anyone interested in accessibility in the built environment

Course FAQs

Is this an instructor-led course?

This course is coached by an instructor and includes moderated discussions. It has been designed by subject matter experts and includes video interviews of leading experts. It is an immersive experience with a mix of video content, field work experiences, impactful readings, learning checks, and other interactive elements.

How much time will I need to spend?

The spring intensive course contains six modules and is structured to be completed over an 8 week period. An additional two weeks will be provided to submit the final assignment. You will be spending approximately 8-10 hours of time per week on content. If you are unfamiliar with your jurisdictions’ building code, or do not have a background in working with construction documents, this course may require additional hours per week.

Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?

No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the weekly coursework at the times and places that fit your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family, and community commitments. There will be two scheduled live sessions with the facilitator, but if you cannot be online at that time, the sessions will be recorded and you can review them at a time that best suits you.

When do I start?

You can start the course at the next available start date! Once you register in the course, we can send you links to reading materials from the Rick Hansen Foundation.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access to the course for an additional 30 days after the 8 week period is complete.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued for courses. Refunds may be considered under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact powered@athabascau.ca for more information.

Are there tests or quizzes involved?

There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within the course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the course content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation. In order to receive a certificate, you will be graded (P/F) on your participation on weekly discussion forums and submit a final assignment.

Are there any assignments?

Yes, the instructor will award a pass/fail for discussion forum participation. There is also a final assignment, which includes completing a Ratings Workbook and a Key Areas of Success and Improvement for the site presented in the course. A level of mastery (pass/fail) will be awarded.

What are the computer requirements for this course?

You should have access to a Mac, PC, or tablet with an Internet connection, with Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox as a browser. Here is a link that outlines browser support:


For virtual sessions:

  • Speakers/headphones
  • Web camera and microphone

Learners that want to use their smart phone to access the courses can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.d2l.brightspace.student.android&hl=en_CA

Or the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/brightspace-pulse/id1001688546

Does this course have prerequisites?

Yes, you must have prerequisites to register in this course. Please see the Certification Prerequisites section above.

Who do I contact if I need help?

You can contact powered@athabascau.ca for assistance with any questions you may have. We are here to help!

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